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Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of The Earl of Clancarty The Earl of Clancarty Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 February (HL Deb, col 1934), what is the minimum necessary documentation required from EU citizens applying for settled status in order to (1) prove residency, and over what period; (2) prove identity; and (3) prove the absence of criminal convictions.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The EU Settlement Scheme provides a simple, streamlined process for resident EU citizens and their family members to obtain the UK immigration status which they will need in order to remain here permanently.

Continuity of UK residence for settled or pre-settled status will be established, where possible, by automated checks of employment and benefits records, if the applicant chooses to provide their National Insurance number. This will minimise the extent to which applicants need to provide documentary evidence of residence. Where they do, a wide range of documents can be used, as set out in the guidance at:


The applicant can prove their identity remotely through the identity verification app which has been developed for the scheme and which can also be accessed at what will be a wide range of locations across the UK. From the full opening of the scheme by 30 March 2019, they will also be able to post their identity document to the Home Office to have this checked and returned to them as soon as possible.

In respect of criminality, applicants aged 18 or over are required to provide information about previous criminal convictions in the UK and overseas, and are only required to declare past criminal convictions which appear in their criminal record in accordance with the law of the State of conviction at the time of the application. All applications are subject to a check against the Police National Computer.

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